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Yellowstone cell tower proposal extends public comment period

The National Park Service (NPS) is extending the public comment period on a proposal by Verizon Wireless to construct a cell phone tower to serve the Lake and Fishing Bridge areas of Yellowstone National Park.  The public comment period is being extended until December 17, 2012.

The proposed 100 foot tall gray steel lattice tower and accompanying ground facilities would be erected at an existing utility site, next to existing telephone and electric lines.  Information relating to the proposal, including documentation regarding
compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as an electronic form to submit comments on the internet can be found online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/LakeCellularSite.

Written comments may be submitted through the web site, in person or by mail to Compliance Office, Attention: Lake Cell Tower Proposal, National Park Service, and P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.  Comments will not be accepted by phone, fax, or e-mail, and submitted responses may be made publicly available at any time.

The Lake area is the only location in the park where construction of a new cell tower was permitted under the park’s Wireless Communications Services Plan Environmental Assessment (Wireless Plan EA).  Comments will be reviewed by the NPS prior to approving a right-of-way permit for the facility.  If the right-of-way permit is approved, construction would begin in early 2013.

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